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, de maryland hacia washington. la velocidad tambien aumento en la calle bladensburg entre mt. olivet y la 17 y canal road desde chain bridge a fox road. .. republicanos y democratas estan mucho mas cerca, pero aun no llegan a un acuerdo sobre el presupuesto fiscal y los beneficios sobre el desempleo... fernando pizarro, nos amplia la informacion... manifestantes de todo el pais marcharon frente al capitolio para exigir 1 solucion al llamado abismo fiscal que proteja los servicios como medicare y que haga que los ricos paguen mas impuestos. estamos seguros que la solucion esta en que haya 1 balance. y definitivamente la situacion esta desbalanceada. es imposible que sigamos los de abajo cargando el peso.' estas protestas muestran una ansiedad que tambien se vive en el capitolio donde aun se esta lejos de 1 acuerdo para evitar que suban los impuestos a partir del 1 de enero. y a pesar de que democratas y republicanos han acercado sus posiciones en los ultimos dias, el presidente de la camara de representantes indico que las ofertas de la casa blanca todavia ofrecen mas impuestos que reco
in washington dc with their celebrations but let us san francisco celebrate -- mayor aleato and our wonderful history here and allow us to do a preliminary launch and so that's what we're attempting to do tonight and celebrate with you this launch of italian culture. it's very meaningful for us to did that year. we have a lot to celebrate. let me just say that painters, scrptdures, poets, musicians, designers, mathematicians, great architects of the italian country have come here to san francisco. we have experienced so much of the italian talent here in san francisco. that's why we wanted to be celebrating here and i am so glad to be joined not only by senator leno and assembly man amaino and david chiu and scott wiener as well. they all want to get in on this great celebration because it's wonderful for our city. i have often said our city and our strength is our international status and we do that with all the sister cities, with all of the flag raisings, but this is kind of new. what i said to our counsel general it's special because it's kind of bringing forth the things that we h
the fiscal cliff showdown in washington, d.c.. so called plan b was introduced this morning by house speaker john boehner. proposal calls for tax hike on household that's make more than $1 million including small businesses however it didn't take long for the white thousands announce it's opposition to the plan. watch this. >> i mean alternative here, if you think bit in the so called plan b is makes no sense, there is an opportunity here to do something that has been set as a gel for a long time in washington reach a bipartisan compromise on significant deficit reductions on the order of $4 trillion when taking pieces of it and put them together. we're very close to being able to achieve that. and the president demonstrated obvious willingness to compromise and to move more than halfway. >> also, we're learning house majority leader said that the house will have the votes necessary to pass the plan b. but let's be clear. what is obvious is that president rejected the offer because it doesn't raise enough taxes but the problem that i, and other conservatives have with plan b is that it punis
washington commission. this is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months. publishing a report. that gets read and then pushed aside. >> the team will reportedly look at not only gun laws me and tall health policies. republicans have yet to sign on to measures by the house and senate democrats aimed to limit cliffs that hold ten bullets at one time, they are quietly having conversations about what role they should play. >> we need to look at what drives a crazy person to do these actions. make sure what we are enforcing the laws on the books? >> as he proposed bold steps and promised swift action. mr. obama faced with a tough question. why hasn't he acted before now? >> this is not the first issue of horrific gun violence of the four years. where have you been? >> citing the councilmember economic crisis, two wars and the fight to pass sweeping healthcare legislation the president responded. >> i don't think i have been on vacation. >> many feel the president's resolve at this time will be welcome on capitol hill. >> the time is different because there is s
there seems to be progress still no fiscal cliff deal in washington. house speaker john boehner said he has a backup plan. but that's not enough for one in three americans who according to a new survey are cutting back on spending due to fears of going over that cliff. nbc's tracie potts joins us now with more. good morning. >> reporter: mara, good morning. good morning, everyone. there is brand new evidence in that survey that americans are really feeling the squeeze before we've even gone over the cliff, plus republicans are changing their strategy. republicans are planning a vote as early as tomorrow to keep taxes low for everyone making up $1 million. >> going to have to go to plan "b." because we want to make sure we do not go off the cliff. >> everyone should understand boehner's proposal will not pass the senate. >> reporter: president obama offered a lower threshold, 400,000. >> the president has come halfway. he hopes that the republicans will do the same. >> reporter: republicans see this million dollar vote as a last-ditchest to save business o ditch effort to save business owner
time in washington, which is reach a bipartisan compromise on significant deficit reduction on the order of $4 trillion, when you take all the pieces of it and put them together. we are very close to being able to achieve that and the president has demonstrated obvious willingness to compromise and to move more than halfway. >> we're also learning house majority leader eric cantor said the house will have the votes necessary to pass the plan b, but let's be clear. he weather what's really obvious is that the president rejected the offer simply because it doesn't raise enough taxes. but the problem that i and other true conservatives have with boehner's plan b is that it punishes the very people responsible for creating jobs in the country. the speaker's falling directly into the president's class warfare trap instead of fighting for the principles that handed his party to the majority. he was sent to washington like all republicans, to reduce the size of government and cut taxes. not the opposite. as a result, i think it's time we go back to the drawing board and draft up a
, including mcclatchy service and the "washington post." he has been missing in syria since august. in all there are 15 journalists who have reported to have gone missing in syria while reporting on this conflict. so far of the 15 only eight have been freed. our richard and ghazi and john are three of them. we and they and their families feel very lucky and very happy tonight that that is the case, even as we continue to be concerned about those for whom we cannot yet say that foreign correspondents and crews know exactly how dangerous it can be to report from a war zone. we know in part from their reporting that this particular war zone appears to be descending into just total chaos right now. you can see signs of that in the syrian government's apparent decision to fire scud missiles inside its own territory at its own people. they deny they have done it. nato says they have evidence they have. you can see it in the increasing alarm in the increasing reports that the regime may at least be moving its chemical weapons stocks around the country. you can see it in richard's latest reporting
finding security in benghazi was grossly inadequate to cope with the attack, that washington ignored repeated requests to beef up personnel, and ultimately a lack of transparency, responsiveness and leadership senior levels both this washington and in libya. alise, what do you make of this report. a lot of these findings we've been talking about for a very long time. >> that's right, but also in the last few months, there's been so much politicization of this attack, especially with these talking points and the whole issue of susan rice, ambassador susan rice and what she said about whether there was a protest. this report didn't find that there was a protest, but it also kind of really is the first look at what went wrong, a kind of very sobering look i'd say of what went wrong. and they said that basically the state department and the embassy in libya kind of missed the warning signs that there was an imminent attack coming. there wasn't a specific threat, but a lot of attacks on other western targets that should have been a clue that there was deteriorating security situation and
- mails and tweets. "washington journal" is next. host: good morning, it's wednesday, december 19, 2012. the white house has thrown its support behind several gun- control measures on tuesday in the wake of the shooting rampage in newtown, connecticut. a state department inquiry into the september 11 terror attack in benghazi, libya, criticized the agency harshly for inadequate security that -- but specificrecommend signi individuals. and we begin today in on the details of john boehner's plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. we want to hear from you. how optimistic are you that a compromise can still be reached before the end of the year? give us a call -- and you can get up with us on all your social media web sites on facebook and twitter, or e- mail us. a very good morning to you. i want to take you to the lead story in today's washington post. that was today's washington post. here's the headlines from "politico" today. i want to take you to speaker john boehner's comments on the state of the current negotiations and his plan b. [video clip] >> what the white house offered yesterday was
will have to pay more taxes. danielle nottingham at cbs news, washington. >> now, senate majority leader harry reid says boehner's chance has no chance at all of getting through the senate. >>> millions of americans are getting to the fiscal cliff as well. we told you before matt jablow has their story as thousands turned up in washington today wanting to be heard. >> stop, stop the cuts. >> reporter: in the shadow of the nation's capital where talks continued today to try to avoid the much-discussed fiscal cliff. >> now is not the time for congress to turn its backs on us. >> reporter: several thousand people came together at the upper senate park to add their voices to the discussion. >> we are here today to demand that our government works for us. >> reporter: the rally was organized by several progressive political groups and labor unions. >> so many of us are already dangling on our very own fiscal cliffs. >> reporter: speaker after speaker hammering home the same point. >> we are here to fight for a good deal for america's families and for students. >> reporter: that fiscal cliff n
. many of them on another major issue facing washington. negotiations on the fiscal cliff. with house speaker john boehner holding his own 52nd presser on that today. and we'll have more on that throughout the hour. but first in the renewed debate on gun control. the president today named vice president joe biden to lead an inter-agency task force to develop a policy response to the tragedy at sandy hook saying he cannot do it alone. >> ultimately if this effort is to succeed, it's going to require the help of the american people. it's going to require all of you. mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, pastors, law enforcement, mental health professionals, and yes gun owners standing up and saying enough on behalf of our kids. >> the president reiterated that he'll use whatever powers his office holds to prevent another tragedy like newtown. and his choice of vice president biden signals a robust effort to confront america's foremost gun lobbyists. >> the nra is an organization that has members who are mothers and fathers. and i would expect that they've been impacted by this as wel
killed there on september 11th, including ambassador chris stevens. tara mergener is in washington this morning with more. good morning, tara. >> good morning to you. >>> well, the state department released unclassified portions of the report last night. investigators offered harsh criticism of the state department but did not single out any individual u.s. individuals for blame. the review board was headed up by retired ambassador thomas pickering and former chairman of the joints chief of staff, admiral mike mullen. they'll discuss their findings with lawmakers today. the panel blamed systematic failures and leadership and management deficiency in two bureaus of the state department for security measures at the benghazi compound that were described as inadequate. the report concluded that while there were no specific threats of a terrorist plot, there were several incidents leading up to the september 11th attack that should have served as warning signs. investigators also praised the diplomatic security agents who responded to the attack and absolved the pentagon for any blame,
these talks in washington. and creative ways to hike taxes but no clear ways to cut spending. cut him out. resolution war no, it will cost us dearly. the government is getting fatter. i have run out of analogies. go eat dinner.o , but only one at republicans are hong wil pass. here with exquisite exclusive details, richardson in washington. >> good evening. what republicans are looking to do in the house is basically deal wh the tax provisions of the fiscal cliff to hit on january 1 so thereill be two amendment votes on the house. the first constructed by republicans dubbed the nancy pelosi plan because it contains a number of the provisions she holds. amounts less than $250,000 per year, it extends some of the stimulus provisions with income taxpayers, child cred, and raising amounts more than $1 million. this is a republican plan ,-com,-com ma the one if it goes past the house, likely to pass the house, it makes the current rates permanent for amounts less than $1 million per year. it takes capital gains and dividend rates nw 15%, make them permanent for amounts under $1 million for amo
, everybody. i am gerri willis. it is a war of words over the fiscal cliff in washington. the president blasting republicans today for their refusal to take his latest offer, calling it puzzling. republicans are doubling down on the plan b. he called the veto threat bizarre and irrational. $500 billion in tax hikes closer to every american. >> there has to be a recognition on the part of my republican friends that take the deal. but they keep on finding ways to say no. i don't know how much of that just has to do with this. it is very hard for them to say yes to me. gerri: what he stated that? >> it is incredibly sad and frustrating, that's what that is. the president, through the entire campaign, says he wants a balanced approach. we have increased spending from 2007 to 2012. $1 trillion. year over year. a trillion dollars. revenues at record highs. >> let's talk for a second about the republican response. gerri: white house is opposition for the backup plan. it is growing more bizarre and irrational by today. is this the kind of conversation that is going to get something done in wash
. is washington ready for a fight over guns that no one thought would happen? >>> blast from the past. find out what michael dukakis has to say about the idea of being a u.s. senator once john kerry becomes officially the next secretary of state. being a little bit coy. could he run? here comes the new. >>> good morning from washington. it is wednesday, december 19th, 2012. this is the. i'm chuck todd. >>> today could be the day the two sides come together for a big deficit reduction deal or we could be 24 hours from it totally falling apart. that seems like telling you everything and nothing at the same time. but there's something to this. follow me here. the president and speaker boehner have really never been closer to a deal. they both made major concessions over the last i'd say 72 hours. the nation still mourning the tragedy in connecticut. both sides have admitted that the tone of the talks have changed. >> an event like that, as tragic as it is, brings us a little closer together. >> i continue to have hope that we can reach an agreement. it's not a time to put americans through more st
. >> and in washington, the nra breaks it's silence. the kudlow report starts now. >> all right let's go to john harwitt first in dc. i think i agree with what you were saying first. >>> he moved to plan b and the hope that further negotiations could produce progress. >> our plan b would protect american taxpayers who make $1 million or less and have their current rates extended. i continue to have hope. that would reduce spending as well as revenues on the table. >> but of course the democrats in the senate. didn't see plan b as a step forward. harry reid came out and said, john boehner is walking away from the nenegotiations. >> every time we get down to something from the long-term financial think for this country. they do the charlie brown thing, they jerk the ball away. and this is what is going on. >> the posturing conceals the process that we are not aware of. but i talked to a budget aid that said, he thinks things are getting worse in terms for prospects of a deal. >> by the way, my contacts have said the same thing. you thank you very, very much. all of this may be defying predictions. it is a
the information on the benghazi embassy were released. we blew it. at least washington d. >> brian: state department i guess. think it is it acward when mom tried to find you on facebook. being poked by the ayatollah of iran. fox and friends starts right now. ♪ fox and friends. >> steve: the poking on facebook is a weird thing. you - on poke >> gretchen: poking? >> steve: you know what all of the people in the world are doing. >> gretchen: i can poke in different ways. i guess i will figure it out in facebook, too. 92 pokemon. in serious news, a report released on the benghazi terror attack. independent report left four americans including our embassy dead happened after systemic failures produced subparsecurity in our consul late, steves had more from washington. >> good morning, steve and everyone. that cathing report blames state department for a lack of proper security for the deaths of four people in benghazi. the ambassador to libya was among those killed. a special panel was convened to find out what went wrong and presented to select members of congress behind closed doors. the
in chicago and washington d.c. are unconstitutional. the most likely move would be to ban military-style assault rifles, magazines holding numerous bullet. the president has backed such a bill. >> while he supports strongly an assault weapons ban and other measures, he wants to expand the conversation beyond those specific areas of legislation. >> i'm joe manchin -- >> the group of the gun hand -- of the gun ban will be loosened a little. even west virginia senator joe manchin, whose campaign had focused on gun rights, has changed his mind. he is not alone kerpen >> when my daughters ask me on friday night, dad, you are in the senate, why can't we put reasonable restrictions on assault weapons or rapid-fire ammunition clips, i did not have a good answer for them. enough is enough. >> america is in a reflective mood, which may not last. weapons of war should not be available to take the lives of children. >> the white house came out today with steps they would take toward tougher gun control. the national rifle association has released a statement saying they are prepared to offer m
. they will hold a major news conference on this in washington to further explain that condition. during the self-imposed blackout the nra took down its facebook page. tonight it's back up again and folks on both sides of the gun control issue are sounding off and weighing in. one person writes i upped to a life membership because i trust the nra to protect americans and their right to keep and bear arms. i hope i don't have to cut up and send my membership card in on friday. another one says you really need assault rifles to defend your home in case someone breaks in. the very guns soldiers carry into war? there should be more restrictions on the sale of assault rifles. a cbs poll shows 57% of americans now support stricter gun control laws and that's the highest it's been in a decade. those in favor of gun control have their work cut out for them. the nra's lobbying budget, 66% greater than the brady foundation, the leading gun control organization. if you're a gun control advocate, you also have to deal with this number. an estimated 3 million americans that already own a rifle called the ar-1
. >> i'm the general manager at the madame in washington d.c.. >> as a child did you dream of turning people slowly in a circle. >> oh, it burns! >> i did it. my work was done. i sat, then the artists got to work. while they attempted to reproduce my waxy pallor i headed to the museum in washington d.c. to check out my future wax companions. my guide was an incredibly life like dan ragosky. (laughter) we should get going. >> come this way. >> we started with a history of the museum. >> is it tussaud. >> why so french? >> she was a french woman. >> okay, but you're in america now, why not change the name to mamma doesy's house of candles. >> it has been around for 200 years. >> okay, all right. then it was off to the hall of celebrities. >> so this is all wax. >> that's correct. >> i know what i'm doing here. i'm not just some ham ture coming here and licking wax figurines. >> you may not lick them. >> let's move on. this is tiger woods. >> this is senator jackson. >> okayment i didn't recognize him because this is the longest i have ever seen him go without screaming the word [bleep].
ta -- steve c for us in washington. >>> a manhunt is underway for two convicted bank robbers on the lose in chicago. their greatest scape from a federal prison like a scene out of macguyver. they tied together bed sheets for a makeshift rope, broke the win toe and rep pelled down the side of the 20 story building in broad daylight. they may have gotten as much as a 9 hour start before any one noticed they were gone. >> they wanted to attention the deaths of drone attacks. new details released during a detention hearing show suspected loan wolf terrorist researched bomb making techniques including one using christmas tree lights. he then traveled to new york city in hopes of funding his plan. he returned home to florida because he didn't have enough money. that's when cops busted him and his older brother. the two naturalized citizens from pakistan are charged with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. >> another botched fast and furious program linked to the death of a beauty queen. the gun was used in a shootout between gun runners and police. marie gomez and 20 oth
in washington. >>> in newtown today, funerals for five of the victims, including principal dawn hochsprung and teacher victoria soto. classes will resume for sandy hook students january 2nd in nearby monroe. >> we're not sure what will happen to sandy hook. at this point, the teachers are telling me and the parents are telling me they don't want to walk back into that building. >>> the benghazi breakdown, the scathing findings of an independent investigation blames the state department from top to bottom. >> mistakes were made, lives were lost, and lessons need to be learned. >> there's no question that there were people within the state department that were remiss and did not execute in an appropriate way. >>> what will be the fallout for secretary of state hillary clinton? >>> and spidy senses activate, how did president obama get caught in the hero's web? >>> good day, i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. president obama has just held a mini news conference announcing a task force on guns led by joe biden and the state of negotiations which seem to be stalling over the fiscal cliff.
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closing in the red. investors spooked by bad housing data and all that nonsense in washington. dow closing down almost 99 points. another rough day for gold. a rise in homebuilder confidence driving investors away for a two-session loss of nearly 2%. right now gold is hovering around $1670 an ounce. oil futures for a fourth straight session of gains, crude oil for january delivery gained 1.8% to settle at $89.51 a barrel. >>> all right. we're going to start tonight with a special holiday treat. it's the week before christmas and all through the house, lawmakers are frantic and starting to grouse. not from the cliff, though they do say they care, but from more and more bailouts which could soon fill the air. gm has been saved, they are snug in their beds, but images of fema, fha and the post office now entering our heads. all right, enough holiday poems, can't take anymore. go straight to tonight's game. who gets bailout booty and who gets the coal in their stocking? joining me now to help santa make out his list, brian wesbury no i know enjoyed my little poem. first trust advisors. >> i lo
keeps coming to mind as i try to follow the melodrama in washington that has us heading for a cliff. a fiscal cliff. but are we? or is this, another myth in the making? for some insight, we turn to two seasoned observers both of whose books you'll want to as santa to leave in your stocking. bruce bartlett was an economic adviser to the supply-side icon jack kemp, and to two presidents -- ronald reagan and the first george bush. he got into hot water with his conservative cohorts when he wrote a widely quoted book critical of the second president bush. his most recent work is "the benefit and the burden: tax reform-why we need it and what it will take." yves smith is the founder and editor of the popular blog naked capitalism. after 25 years in the financial services industry, she now heads the management consulting firm aurora advisors. she's the author of this book: "econned: how unenlightened self interest undermined democracy and corrupted capitalism." welcome to you both. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> is the fiscal cliff just a metaphor? or is it for real? >> well, the cliff is
the rules and pass h.r. 3137 to name the medical center in spokane, washington, as the mann-grandstaff medical center. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. >> a bill to name the department of veterans affairs medical center in spokane, washington, as the mann-grandstaff department of veterans affairs medical center. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from florida, mr. miller, the gentleman from maine, mr. michaud, each will control 20 minutes. members, please remove conversations from the floor. members in the aisle. mr. miller: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for such time as he may consume. mr. miller: thank you very much, mr. speaker. h.r. 3197 would rename the medical center in spokane, the mann-grandstaff department of veterans affairs medical center. this legislation would recognize not one, but two -- the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: members, please remove conversations from the floor. remove conversation
could do well over the next few months, even if the two sides in washington can't rise above politics and come up with a reasonable budget that has both spending cuts and tax increases and seems to be the case right now after the president's discouraging press conference, which suggested that no deal's imminent. and the white house is quietly saying talks have regressed. what about our failure to revisit what didn't happen, what didn't go wrong and the impact on the market? well, let's start with today's incredible news about general motors buying $5.5 billion worth of stock from the u.s. government's t.a.r.p. program. and it was at a price $2 above where gm traded yesterday. that's right. we, the people, got a better deal than we could've ever hoped for just the day before. gm most likely would have been liquidated, putting more than 1 million people out of work. if the federal government hadn't bailed it out. nobody likes a bailout. people don't like to use the phrase bailout and the government isn't going to be made whole in this investment. i'm saying that point-blank. that's beca
a little closer together, both in the nation and in washington, that would be a good thing. >> i continue to have hope that we can reach an agreement. it's not a time to put americans through more stress. >> later this morning, president obama will officially announce that like vice president biden will take charge of an effort to-like at policy in the wake of the murder of 20 children and 6 women in newtown, connecticut. i want to bring in "usa today" washington bureau chief susan page and for "the chicago sun times," lynn swede. good morning. let me start with the fiscal cliff, pause because we only ha days left. harry reid declared boehner's plan doa. let me play what he said. >> every time we get down to getting something for the long-term financial security of this country, they take that football and it is a charlie brown episode, they jerk the ball away. >> so, lynn, what is the strategy with plan b? >> well, actually the white house just said this morning that obama would veto plan b, so it may be boehner needs to look for c, d, e and f going into further negotiations because the
in a very long time. i won't include washington jefferson adams. gumaybe. but maybe. she would be great. >> bill: nancy pelosi getting a little bit ahead of herself there, i think. i personally have pledged i am not going to talk about 2016 until maybe the second half of 2015. so everybody keeps saying do you think hillary is going to run? i am not going to comment on 2016. i want to focus on the moment, sees the moment. let's make the most of 2012 and 2013 2013. we have a lot to cover here today with lots of help. eliot spitzer, our good friend from ""viewpoint"" will be along as he is every wednesday more than. peter welch in studio with us and lee saunders the president of afsme who will fight back after the right to work was signed into law guy governor rick snyder. good news on the gun control front yesterday. but first. >> this is the full court press. >> on this wednesday, other headlines making news, a big sigh of relief in the media community and the world. nbc news richard engal reserved yesterday after going missing in syria for five days.
, as tragic as it is, brings us a little closer together both in the nation and in washington, that would be a good thing. >> all right. top of the hour. good morning. 6:00 on the east coast, it's wednesday, december 19th. christmas is almost here. >> very respectful dialogue. the nra had a respectful statement. i think a lot of people showing respect on this. >> feel something may be be happening. >> feel some grown-ups, maybe. there are, of course, exceptions. >> there are a few. we have mike barnicle with us. you're not an exception. beautiful piece in "the daily news" today. we'll read that in must read. thank you very much. former treasury officials. mark ratner is with us as well. he has a must read. i'm serious. >> beautiful. >> also in washington, washington anchor for "bbc world news america" katty kay. >> no pieces, sorry. >> you'll write one next time. thank you. so we've got a lot to get to this morning. >> a lot to talk about today. >> those exceptions, what are you talking about? >> just in the conversation about everything you thought there were two exceptions. >> rick perr
for a new congress to put the pieces back together in the new year. darren gersh, "n.b.r.," washington. >> susie: well, roger altman is confident democrats and republicans will strike a deal and avoid falling off the fiscal cliff. he was deputy treasury secretary in the clinton administration and is now executive chairman and founder of evercore partners. >> susie: roger, so great to have you back on "nightly business report." >> thank you, susie. >> susie: nice to see you. why are you so optmistic there is going to be a fiscal cliff deal? >> i would cite two broad reasons, and then a few reasons specific to the negotiations. first on the broadside, the financial markets, as we've all seen over the past seven to nine days, especially the equity markets, have been rallying strongly in anticipation of an agreement. they're looking right past the fiscal cliff towards improved economic growth in 2013 and 2014. of course, they can be wrong, but on something of this magnitude, they rarely are wrong. second, i think the cost of failure, for both sides, the president and the democrats, and, of
we requested but were ignored that the line should terminate beyond washington square. now is the time for you to offer our merchants the low city treasurerance engineering termination of option 4 that will let us residents, russian hill, telegraph hill, golden gateway, chinatown, commute to work in a modern city's rapid transit vehicle. thank you. * >> next speaker, please. >> eric scott followed by julie christian son, and then joan wood. >> good afternoon. >>> this is not a project that's intended to benefit a single neighborhood. this is a project that's intended to benefit all san franciscans. when it was originally proposed to the public, the timelines and the cost estimates were based upon completion this year with revenue service starting no later than next year. there are very few projects that get better by being delayed. they just get more expensive. and all of the calls for additional environmental reviews. the frivolous lawsuits and so on, these are the things that are responsible for the explosion in the costs. we don't have to take this thing out through colu
choice of 5 charities. i'm bret baier in washington. the big story here today is washington really at a boiling point over the fiscal cliff? tonight on "special report," seemingly everyone had something to say about the ongoing negotiation after last week's shooting. they are ready for compromise. the house speaker says they need to see more movement on spending cuts and they will pass a plan "b" tomorrow. we'll sift through all of it for you, 13 days before the deadline. the long-awaited report on the benghazi libya attack has been released and it blames the state department for the security failures. there is reaction from washington. not from administration officials on camera. in the wake of the new town shooting, president obama promises bold move and swift action on gun violence and he's grilled on why it took so long. part three on the series on the cost of spending looks at what a cut means here in washington. "special report" starts at 6:00 eastern. now back to new york and "the five." ♪ ♪ >> greg: they know i hate these songs. they are hoping i leave. some parents in
, responsiveness and leadership at the senior levels in washington, tripoli, and benghazi. in a letter to congress secretary of state hillary clinton said she accepted every one of the panel's 24 recommendations. elise joins us from the state department. first of all, elise, characterize this for me. were we expecting this to be as scathing and then again give us a feel for who this panel is and how independent it is. >> ashleigh, i read a lot of these reports in my many years of covering the state department, and it is pretty scathing. i think we expected an honest assessment, a tough assessment, and it was really kind of extremely critical, not only of the state department as a whole but specific bureaus and in talking about this systemic value of senior leadership problems that basically failed not only to protect the consulate in benghazi but also failed to see the warning signs of this very deteriorating situation in benghazi that was really a brewing hot bed of islamic activity. ambassador thomas pickering, admiral mike mullen and the other people that were on this independent panel, really
, connecticut. while in washington, president obama walked into the white house briefing room named for james brady-- the press secretary critically wounded in the shooting of president reagan in 1981-- to talk about gun violence. >> the fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing. >> ifill: instead, in the wake of the massacre at sandy hook elementary school, mr. obama said, "this time, the words need to lead to action" on gun violence. >> the vast majority of responsible law abiding gun owners would be some of the first to say that we should be able to keep an irresponsible law breaking few from buying a weapon of war. i'm willing to bet that they don't think that using a gun and using common sense are incompatible ideas. there is a big chunk of space between what the 2nd amendment means and having no rules at all. >> reporter: to that end, the president announced vice president biden and an administration team will craft recommendations on everything from gun laws to mental health, to be sent to congress by january. >> this is not some washington commiss
matthews in washington. let me start with this. getting serious on guns in the hands of dangerous people. the president's given vice president biden is month to deal with a lethal combination of semiautomatic guns, clips, mental illness, and a violent culture. it's the brew that blew in newtown, connecticut. is there something we can do? the fiscal cliff. the president now says we're so close it makes no sense to fail. let's see tonight how close is close and whether or not the grownups can bring this to a healthy conclusion. and back to benghazi. there are reports in the state department's being blamed here. didn't have the protection they asked for. did they keep asking enough? the report says no. but what if they had? would they have gotten the re-enforcements but the cia said they didn't want their cover blown? again, let's get serious. joining me now to talk about gun violence is martin o'malley and governor ed rendell. thank you for joining me. president obama spoke forcefully this afternoon about needing to take action on gun safety. let's listen. >> this time the words need to le
: but the only real certainty appeared to be that lawmakers will be back in washington right after christmas if there's to be any deal before the new year's deadline. and to two reporters who've been closely watching this story. todd zwillich covers congress for public radio international's "the takeaway" on wnyc. and carol lee of the "wall street journal" joins us from the white house. thank you both for talking to us. carol, i'm going to start with you. from the white house perspective, where do things stand? >> i think from the white house perspective, the ball is essentially in the house john boehner's court. i think the president and his team of advisors feel that they've positioned him fairly well, that he's in a very defense i believe position in terms of his latest offer, that he forward yesterday. to the speaker. but if you step back and think about where we were four days ago versus where we are now, it's pretty remarkable how much the two sides have come to very close to reaching an actual deal. now the two sides are in this position where the job is to sell it to their different
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